Don't Be Scared of Menstrual Cups: Kind Cup Founder Debunks Common Fears
Designer & Founder of Kind Cup, Christine Brown, debunks the top 6 reasons why women are scared of using a menstrual cup.
Menstrual cups are easy to use, 100% leakproof, can be worn up to 12 hours, and can be used for years and years saving you tons of money! On top of all these benefits, they're also one of the most eco-friendly menstrual products on the market... so why are so many women still hesitant to use them? Switching to a menstrual cup can be a daunting thought for someone who hasn't used one before. Luckily, we spoke with the Designer & Founder of Kind Cup, Christine Brown, and had her debunk the top reasons women and menstruating individuals can be hesitant or fearful about using them.
1. They are not safe:
When used correctly, they are 100% safe. Made of medical-grade silicone, menstrual cups are free of the synthetic materials and toxic substances that menstrual products such as tampons and pads are made with. So, you should feel a lot safer inserting a menstrual cup in your body, than a tampon.
Further, there are no known negative long-term effects on the body, unlike tampon users who can experience toxic shock syndrome. With proper care, cups can be reused for years. That helps save you money in the long run, while minimizing waste from one-time-use products like pads or tampons. That's a win for you and the environment!
2. Menstrual cups are uncomfortable and painful:
Period discomfort is non-existent when it comes to using the right menstrual cup. Choose a menstrual cup that is designed and shaped intentionally to fit your body, and your period experience will be one of ultra comfort. Patented curvature settles perfectly just above your pubic bone and follows the natural curves of your body to optimize the fit and feel. In fact, you’ll probably forget it’s even there! With little or no pressure on your bladder, so if you are sensitive, or just appreciate comfort and good design, a cup is for you.
3. Surely a menstrual cup must leak?:
Guess what? The correct menstrual cup guarantees a leak-free period. Imagine that? No leaking and no stained underwear. Furthermore, unlike tampons where in heavy flow some women need to change a tampon hourly, the right cup can be worn up to 12 hours before emptying. The key to a leak-free period with a menstrual cup is all about creating an effective seal, with simple techniques that can easily be learned. In addition and unlike pads, tampons or menstrual underwear, users notice there's little or no smell with cups.
4. I have no idea how to use a cup & I’m scared it will hurt going in:
The right menstrual cup is seriously easy to use. A little water-based lubricant is ok if needed to help with insertion, and will ensure a smooth entry. Most cups can be boiled and then allowed to cool completely before use, which temporarily softens the cup and aids with insertion. If you have a lower cervix and don't need the elongated stem, you can trim it. While the stem can make removal easier, you can cut off the entire stem, leaving just the cup body itself. Practicing insertion and removal while in the shower can be a great idea! After you become familiar with your cup and your cycle you won't have to think about it for hours at a time. It can take users 1 day to 3+ cycles to get the technique and feel what works best for their bodies.
5. I can’t use it in public spaces:
Public bathroom, airplanes or camping? No problem! I love camping and know that there’s not always access to running water, so I specifically designed Kind Cup so that it doesn’t require the use of both hands! Furthermore, you can wear your cup for up to 12 hours, but if you need to empty it while away from home, the first step is to clean your hands, for example with water from a bottle. Then remove the cup and empty contents. You can wipe the cup with toilet paper or rinse with water from your bottle and reinsert. Be sure to clean the cup thoroughly once you are back at home or have access to clean running water. Go swimming and for a workout with your menstrual cup - it’s life changing.
6. I’m a virgin so I can’t use a menstrual cup:
Oh yes, you can! I think the concept of "virginity" is problematic and dated, but that's a whole other discussion of course. If you menstruate and have a medium to high cervix, then you can use a cup. Younger users might need a little more time to get comfortable and familiar with their anatomy, and their muscles might be a little tighter or tense at first, so be sure to give yourself time, be patient, and try to relax. If you become tense, it will be more difficult, so it's okay to take a break and try again another time. A warm shower or a bath to help relax your body can be a great idea.
Hopefully hearing these common fears debunked and set straight encourages more people to consider making the switch to the menstrual cup! We highly recommend the Kind Cup because they are designed to work with and complement the natural curvature and movements of the body, are comfortable, effective, and easy to use. Save your money and the environment by making the easy switch!
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